- In an attempt to repay creditors, the Pasadena, California-based Fuller Evangelistic Association (FEA) is disposing of its assets, including the rights to its audiotape subscription programs, such as Pastor's Update, and newsletters, which it sold to Fuller Theological Seminary. FEA has not declared bankruptcy, and is now voluntary phasing out its operations. After the sale, the organization will permanently end its 63-year-old ministry. FEA can be contacted at (310) 690-8722 regarding claims settlement or assets disposal.
- The three-judge Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) January 23 in Flores v. City of Boerne. The court reversed a lower court ruling last year in a dispute involving a Texas Catholic parish's plans to raze part of its sanctuary. The city contended the church should be preserved. RFRA, passed by Congress in 1993, prohibits government from substantially burdening religious exercise unless there is a compelling reason.
- The Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and the Amy Foundation are cosponsoring the new Awakening the Giant Writing Awards for articles in nearly 300 EPA-member publications. A total of $10,000 will be awarded annually, including $5,000 to the first-place winner who best satisfies the goal: "to disciple our nation in this generation." The Amy Foundation also sponsors a contest for Christian writers whose work appears in the secular press.
- Simon Greenleaf University in Anaheim, California, has entered an agreement to become a part of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Simon Greenleaf operates a school of law and graduate programs in Christian apologetics and human rights. Trinity ...1
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